‘Dale destroys Helensburgh’s winning streak

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Carradale 4

Helensburgh 1

Greater Glasgow Premier AFL

An unbeaten Helensburgh lost their winning streak when they travelled to Campbeltown for an Argyll derby against Carradale.

With Helensburgh unbeaten in domestic games this season, it looked as if it was going to a difficult match on the all-weather pitch for the home team.

Carradale started on the front foot and had a great chance in the opening minutes, when Stuart MacPhail was sent clear from a Kenny Kerr pass but the midfielder fluffed his chance when he was through on goal.

Johnstone manages to keep control of the ball despite pressure from a Helensburgh player. 50c47carradale02
Johnstone manages to keep control of the ball despite pressure from a Helensburgh player. 50c47carradale02

Although the home side had the bulk of the play it was the visiting team that took the lead after 17 minutes, with their first serious attack on the Carradale goal proving decisive.

Helensburgh’s number seven ran clear of his marker down the right flank. He ran into the box where he picked out the unmarked Brooks and the striker coolly slotted the ball past keeper Neil McMillan.

The McFadyen’s Transport-sponsored side drew level six minutes later, when they gained a free kick 25 yards from goal. Left of centre, Daniel Docherty, took the kick, his shot heading for the right-hand side of the goal when it took a wicked deflection and ended up in the opposite side of the net past the stranded keeper.

The ball hits the back of the net after Daniel Docherty's free kick. 50c47carradale04
The ball hits the back of the net after Daniel Docherty’s free kick. 50c47carradale04

A few minutes later the Kintyre side suffered a blow when Joey Boyd had to leave the park through a hamstring injury and was replaced by Jamie Morris.

It took ‘Dale 10 minutes to settle into their new set-up and in between times Brooks was unlucky not to score his second when his shot came off the crossbar with McMillan beaten.

The home side went ahead in the match in the 37th minute. Stuart McBrayne’s pass to Johnny McCormick, his first time shot across the keeper, was fingered away and the ball looked like it was going to go out for a corner until David Johnstone slid in at the far post to get the ball over the line.

Both teams attacked each other in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, but the keepers and defence on both teams stood firm until the 66th minute when the Kintyre side increased their lead.

After a free kick out on the left wing, the cross came into the box where Johnstone received the ball with his back to goal.

He controlled the ball with his chest, turned his marker in one move before being brought down. Referee Archie Mitchell blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot.

Johnstone dispatched the penalty low and hard into the keeper’s right-hand side.

David Johnstone celebrates after his penalty shot makes it past the keeper. 50c47carradale08
David Johnstone celebrates after his penalty shot makes it past the keeper. 50c47carradale08

Four minutes later, McCormick scored Carradale’s fourth and final goal.

After being put clear down the left wing, the striker looked up with no home players in the box and in full flight he fired with his left foot 20 yards out, at a ridiculous angle.

The ball crashed high into the far-side of the net to the delight of his fellow players.

Carradale players celebrate after Johnny McCormick's unexpected goal. 50c47carradale09
Carradale players celebrate after Johnny McCormick’s unexpected goal. 50c47carradale09

They was no further scoring but McMillan had to be alert on a few occasions coming out of his goal and saving with his feet.

Daniel Docherty was man of the match but it was a good all-round performance from all the players.

AM Transport sponsored the match ball, and Boyd and Sally Sneddon at Roll and Butter provided the hospitality.

Next week’s fixture is an away league game against Lochaber Thistle.

Johnstone manages to keep control of the ball despite pressure from a Helensburgh player. 50c47carradale02

The ball hits the back of the net after Daniel Docherty’s free kick. 50c47carradale04

David Johnstone celebrates after his penalty shot makes it past the keeper. 50c47carradale08

Carradale players celebrate after Johnny McCormick’s unexpected goal. 50c47carradale09